Personal bests for Basalt boys at Eagle Valley
GYPSUM Basalt junior Brennan Roper tied his personal best in the mile at Saturday’s Eagle Valley Invitational in Gypsum – just one of a handful of strong individual finishes for the Longhorns.Roper finished four laps in 4 minutes, 46 seconds, a winning time that matched the one he ran at last year’s 3A regional meet.The Longhorns boys – all five of them, that is – finished seventh among 11 teams with 47 points. Eagle Valley’s girls and boys teams both won convincingly on their home track, while Basalt’s girls team – led by a gold and a silver from sophomore Taylor Allmon – took eighth.An uncharacteristic double-fault from Andy Mayer in the long jump was really the only blemish on the day.”We just don’t have the numbers to compete as a team, but individually we had some good results,” Longhorns coach Ron Lund said. “Now that we’re in the second half of the season, it’s good to see some personal bests. Except for Andy, everybody else scored for the boys.”Senior Duncan McDaniel took bronze behind Roper in the mile with a time of 4:55 and sophomore Tyler Wilson scored three points with a sixth-place 5:19. In the 800, Wilson took fourth in 2:22.Roper also won the 3,200, in 10:51, although his pace didn’t match or eclipse his best mark. “This was probably the highest altitude we’ve run at this year,” Lund said. “Gypsum is over 6,000 feet, so you expect the times to be a little high in the distance events.”Not true for the shorter events. Hurdler Max Harlow ran a 45.9 in the 300 hurdles to top his previous best and added a silver in the 110 hurdles, finishing in 17.3.For the female Longhorns, Allmon won the 200, in 27.5, and was second in the 100, in 13.2.Senior Amy Lund also earned a pair of medals with runner-up finishes in the 800 (2:42) and the mile (5:49).Junior Nuala Del Piccolo was sixth in the mile, in 6:19.Basalt’s other three girls – sophomore Maggie Everett and junior throwers Vanessa Way and Jessy Milikin – failed to earn any points.With prom on Saturday, and after competing in three meets in eight days, Basalt is taking a week off from competition. Lund will take a hand-picked group of runners and throwers to the May 4-5 Tiger Invite in Grand Junction, while the remaining girls and boys will hang back to compete in Aspen’s home meet on May 5.Nate Peterson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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